Wow, let’s hope this is true. What you see above is a view of T-Mobile’s brand new myTouch, and wow does this look insane (heck, it even makes the G2 look a little old, and that phone looks sick!)! Just look at these specs:
- 1 GHZ processor— Yes, a full 1 GHZ, not the 800 Mhz of the G2 (this should mean an even faster phone, whether it is opening apps, multitasking etc.).
- 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and flash— For taking HD pix and videos
- 3G, WiFi and GPS— Including access to T-Mobile’s all new HSPA+ network like the G2, and the ability to make calls over WiFi (something that’s been absent on T-Mobile phones of late, and should be good if you find yourself running over your minutes limit).
- Genius Button like the G2 — For controlling your phone with your voice (like sending an email or text just by speaking into your phone)
- Video Calling!!!!— Yes, this myTouch packs a front camera for video calling (like iPhone 4, Epic 4G, and EVO 4G). How this will work (does it need a special service like Qik, Fring or something like the iPhone’s Facetime to work is still not clear Update: You’ll be able to video chat out of the box using either Qik or Yahoo! Messenger)– but this is still awesome nonetheless.
Also new on this Android running beast are features like myModes (customized homescreens and settings for work and home) and Faves Gallery (one touch shortcuts to your most contacted family and friends), and the new myTouch will also come with an 8 GB memory card in the box along with traditional Android features like the Android Market.
We’re still gaining info as we write this, so we’ll update once we know more. In the meantime, check T-Mobile’s official myTouch page here.
UPDATE: Well, it’s now officially official. The new myTouch packs all that is mentioned above as well as a 3.8 inch screen, Android 2.2 (with Swype built-in as a keyboard choice), and Screen Share– the ability to share your HD videos on a big screen wirelessly with a TV with DLNA (a technology on many recent TVs that allow easy set-up and connections with many devices). We still don’t know an exact price or release date, but T-Mobile says it will be available “in time for the holidays” in either red, white, black or plum. You can also check out T-Mobile’s Coming Soon page here and register to be notified when more is available.
We’ve been following this one very closely since the first rumors began trickling out, and now we finally have some official answers on what exactly T-Mobile’s new HSPA+ (their very, very fast 3G network with 4G like speeds) phone is. As was suspected recently, the G2 is very much a high spec’d phone that should be a very good choice for any T-Mobile user looking for a new high-end smartphone. Just check out the specs:
- 3.7-inch multi-touch screen with full slide out QWERTY keyboard— just like the G1.
- WiFi, GPS, and that HSPA+ 3G
- 800 MHz Snapdragon processor— While not as powerful as other high-end smartphones rocking 1 GHZ processors (like the Droid 2, EVO 4G, and Samsung’s Galaxy S phones like T-Mobile’s Vibrant), this drop off isn’t too bad as T-Mobile is saying this should still offer very solid speed (and more than enough for texting, playing music, watching YouTube and browsing the web) while also offering very good battery life (as it doesn’t have to use as much power to power the phone).
- Android 2.2 with Swype (as an onscreen keyboard) and built-in Adobe Flash— One of the big differences here is that it doesn’t seem to have a custom skin like an HTC Sense, MOTOBLUR, or TouchWiz 3.0, instead going with the standard Android 2.2 interface which looks very nice and simple to use (and should offer more speed as it doesn’t have to run that special interface in the background). The G2 also has a Quick Keys app on the homescreen for one-touch access to your favorite Google shortcuts and applications, something we haven’t yet seen on other Android 2.2 phones.
- 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, autofocus and HD 720p video recording— Like the Vibrant and iPhone 4.
- 4 GB of built-in memory with a pre-installed 8 GB microSD memory card– With support for adding up to a 32 GB memory card.
When you’re looking for a new top of the line T-Mobile phone, this should definitely give the Vibrant a run for its money. Sure the screen is a drop smaller (the Vibrant’s is an even 4 inches) and it the processor is a tad slower, but the keyboard on the G2 does look really great to use and of course who can forget about the ability to rake in 4G-like speeds? Is this better than the Vibrant though? That’s a really tough call as again, both on paper have some slight differences which, depending on your particular preferences, could go either way.
We still don’t have an exact date for when this bad boy drops or how much it will cost (Best Buy has already announced they will sell it for $199 on October 6th, but T-Mobile still hasn’t announced their pricing and availability just yet), but if your already on T-Mobile and looking to pick one of these up for your next phone, you can sign up today to be notified when the pre-order goes live later this month. And if you’re not on T-Mobile, well, stay tuned.
Excited about what T-Mobile’s next big phone is, you know, the G2 that is being so heavily teased? If you are then listen up, as a lot on this seemingly awesome upcoming phone has come out today, and as we said in the title, things are looking really good.
First off, design. As you can see in the top pic, this is a very worthy successor to the G1. Not only does it pack a slide out full QWERTY keyboard in a clearly much thinner design, it will also have according to the site Cell Phone Signal (who picked up a whole bunch of specs on the phone) a 3.7 inch Active Matrix OLED screen— in other words, a really sharp screen. Other specs Cell Phone Signal have gotten their hands on include a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus (which would be similar to the iPhone 4 and Samsung’s Galaxy S phones), a 1 GHZ Snapdragon processor (the same as all the other top smartphones are running, like the HTC EVO 4G, HTC Droid Incredible, and Motorola’s Droid 2 and Droid X– this should keep everything running smoothly), WiFi, GPS and the ability to turn the phone into a mobile hotspot (again, like those other top Android phones. And who wouldn’t want to share these crazy fast 3G speeds with their other WiFi devices?). All this atop what appears to be latest and great version of Android, Android 2.2 (also known as “Froyo”).
T-Mobile still has yet to confirm any of this, so for now we gotta consider all of this to be just rumors (though the photos have been spied on T-Mobile’s servers, so they seem to be legit), but let’s all hope they make this all official and get it out in the world real soon. We’ll make sure to keep you in the loop as soon as we learn more.
Additional info and pic from Engadget
A few weeks ago T-Mobile launched a new teaser page touting an upcoming launch of their all new HSPA+ phone, or a phone that has access to T-Mobile’s latest and fastest 3G network with 4G-like speeds (up to a whopping 14.4 Mbps, or faster than many of us even get in our homes!). Today, T-Mobile dropped some more clues on what this mysterious but already awesome phone might be– and while we still don’t know what exactly it is, when it’s coming, or how much it will cost– we do now know the name. Everyone, say hello to the T-Mobile G2.
That’s pretty much all T-Mobile wants to share today (though now we do know that it will be an Android running phone with close Google ties— maybe even being the phone to launch the next version of Android, version 3.0 aka Gingerbread? While that is purely my own guess at this point, I could see that happening considering T-Mobile’s mention of the G1 and how it was the first Android phone. To me it’s only fitting that Google’s next big leap be the next generation of the G1, and 3.0— which is said to be coming before the end of the year– has all the promises of being that next big thing in Android). In meantime, we’re all gonna have to sit tight and wait it out for the next few weeks until T-Mobile decides to share some more. You can also sign-up today at T-Mobile’s “teaser” page to get emailed once more details become available.
Moving on in T-Mobile Android news, Motorola and T-Mobile today finally announced pricing and release for the upcoming Motorola Charm (Android with a BlackBerry-like design as you can see in the pic above). This is very good news for anyone looking for a cheap but solid smartphone and doesn’t need/want all the bells and whistles of phones like the myTouch 3G Slide and Vibrant. The Charm will be launching just in time for school— next Wednesday August 25th— for a very solid $74.99 with new 2 year contract and data plan. For a full recap of what the Charm is, see our previous post here.
Not a bad day to be a T-Mobile user indeed. So, anyone else wanna throw in their guess what the mysterious G2 is?